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B+ take EVERYTHING into account
2nd place = not where we want or expect to be. Hopefully, also not where we are going to finish. And honestly not acceptable to finish 2nd to Canada but I think when all said and done we will finish 2nd to Mexico which is much more acceptable.
Taking into account we played the easier half of the schedule to this point it is also disappointing to be in 2nd.
However, consider the youth we have used and our results are quite impressive. If you consider how many injuries we have dealt with to top talent and this result is very impressive. When you consider how many different lineups we have had to use – this result is impressive.
Most impressive to me is that we are getting experience for young players WHILE winning and qualifying!
I think Berhalter is genius for sticking to one system and one style of play and one formation. Considering how many players are making debuts and considering how many combinations we are using – his plan gives us our best chance for consistency.
I love how hard we play! We look hungry. This is a fun team to support.
My goals for this team are
1. Qualify for WC
2. Make it to the knockout stage
3. Make final 4 of WC 2026!!
I think we are on track for all of these.
Cheers to our MEN and COACH and the whole USMNT organization
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Is creative, effortless, even sublime to watch. But he has major downside – his work rate is awful and he is prone to turnovers because of his relaxed preferred method of play. He has the talent but not sure the heart and desire to be an international level player. But he is fun to watch and can create with the best of them. I don’t see him ever being tough enough to play in the Concacaf WCQ’ers.
While I agree Turner is a much better shot stopper and I personally wished we played Turner ... I do not believe any goal keeper ever gets to that ball. It was a pure of a strike as ever has been hit.
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Youth and inexperience
More than anything I think the early goal created some complacency. I think our players felt their goal was a stroke of luck or at least the product of the most perfect strike imaginable. I think they looked like they believed we would strike again and win the game. Except they got tired and Jamaica grew stronger as the game wore on … which is normal when your the home team! None of these things is Berhalter’s fault.
Inconsistency is the hallmark of young teams. We have the youngest team in the top 100 in the world by over a year but on average over 3 years and in some cases 5 or more years. There is a reason everyone wants seasoned mature veterans, they learn how to be more consistent game to game and month to month as the years go by.
Some young players naturally lack urgency in some games. 5,000 fans vs 25,000 fans. 1st place team vs. 6th place team. At home vs on the road. Human nature tells us that the majority of individuals would have trouble getting up for a game in that occasion. That is on the players. The coaches job is to put the best players on the pitch in the right spot and make sure tactically everyone is on the same page. I think the coach did a fine job of both of these.
As a former coach I can tell you that you that it is very difficult to motivate your players for a particular game. What motivates players is 3 things:
1. Players have strong bonds with each other. Fostering deep meaningful even loving bonds between teammates creates internal motivation to achieve for each other even more than for self. This gives confidence that everyone is going to give everything they have every minute of every game. This is hard to achieve when you have young players who haven’t spent a lot of time together – it will come!
2. Players feel internal competition for their spot. I think they feel this on this team! Adams was about the only player on the pitch that knew his job was safe. The other 11 players know that they are two bad games away at most from losing their spot or simply having someone return from injury. Out of 11 starters on the pitch it is quite possible that only 2 or 3 are starters in Qatar. Pepi knows he is playing for his life. Weah knows that Reyna will return eventually. Aaronson knows that Pulisic is almost back. Busio knows that McKennie is coming back. Musah knows that Weah, Aaronson, Busio and others all want his job! Yedlin understands Dest’s importance. A. Rob should know that Scally is coming on strong. Steffen is well aware that Turner is not going away. Both CB’s understand that Brooks and M. Robinson are just as likely to start the next game as are they. So I don’t think this was the issue with motivation. Berhalter has done a fabulous job of creating competition for nearly every spot on the pitch!
3. And the last motivator has very little to do with the coach. It is the players own individual internal drive! Some players have IT in spades and some lack IT more than others. Finding the players with IT and playing these players as often as possible is job number one. Some players are always up for every competition – think Cal Ripken or Tom Brady or Derek Jeter. It seems Berhalter is still trying to find out exactly who can bring great effort and focus to each and every possession because he doesn’t have much experience with many of these uber young players, which is precisely why he trusts some older players who have proven their bonafides with him.
Lets give our crew time to develop together and maturity on the world stage. Let’s give our coach the same time to develop rapport with his very young and ever evolving team. I think his vision about the roster churn and the need for a consistent playing system and style is spot on.
Lets give Berhalter credit for what he has accomplished rather than pinning on him things he hasn’t YET.
- From Stars and Stripes FC
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I watch him every game as fan of the Timbers. He is super cool on the ball and creative. He lacks a big motor and is just okay defensively. Basically I see him as the anthesis of a Berhalter player. I love watching him play and am a big fan of his game but I do not believe it will ever translate to big minutes on our USMNT. He is just too lackadaisical in everything he does.
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I might be living in the prehistoric ages of soccer metrics, so forgive me if I misspeak, but I feel like the goal keeper who stops the most goals / gives up the least goals, is going to help his team win the most games!
Turner has won a lot over the last year and has kept an incredible number of clean sheets during this time. While watching these games he has also made a significant number of good to great to incredible saves. He is the guy I want in the goal. I am shocked to hear anyone else advocate otherwise. Being good with your feet is about as valuable as a baseball pitcher in the national leagues batting ability. While it is nice it doesn’t factor into whom to choose as a starting pitcher.
As for the other positions on the pitch:
Richards is the long term answer here alongside M. Robinson. Might as well get him battle tested as early and often as possible! Will this happen? Not against Mexico but that is because we will likely manage scared, not to lose, and to avoid second guessing.
As for the back opposite A. Rob I would love to see Scally but I think this potentially the wrong match to get your first international WCQ match experience.
Midfield: Musah was too good to take out of the line up no matter how well Busio is playing in Italy.
Up front: I would rather wait till the 60th minute and if trailing at anytime from there forward play Pulisic. Maybe 15 minutes if its tied. I would start Aaronson, Waeh, and Pepi.
Dike should have been invited! Poor choice not to and could cost us points if we have an injury or need fresh legs at the end of the match – certainly the last 30 minutes of 2nd match if Pepi starts both – which it looks like he will.
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Yes - worst roster possible
We brought in old guys to be backups. Why bring in players who aren’t going to start against Mexico and who aren’t going to start in Qatar? Roldán, Lleget, Acosta aren’t the present and they certainly aren’t the future. He should be bringing in the future to learn and compete. So many up and coming young guys can do the same thing the old guys are going to do – sit and watch our best players play.
Also incredibly disappointed he didn’t bring in our second best striker (and most in form of them all) Dike.
Very disappointing roster. About the only thing he got right was the only things he couldn’t get wrong … the top 14/15 guys. The rest he flipped a coin and he was wrong an incredible number of times in a row – like 8/10 spots went to the wrong players. Konrad, de la Torra, Sargent, Miazga, Pefok, there are some serious omissions here.
I am thoroughly confused. We have 12-13 months to find the absolute best and we are wasting time with guys we know will never log a minute in SW Asia.